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Do you have a power of attorney - you may be due a refund.

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Read on if you have a Power of Attorney in place - from Martyn Lewis :

A lasting power of attorney is a legal document which allows you, while you still have the mental capacity to do so, to nominate a trusted friend or relative to look after your affairs if you lose capacity.

And they’re not just for the elderly: I have one and I’m 45. For more on how to do it cheaply go to

Yet if you’ve already got one, and did it between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2017 in England and Wales, you will have paid £110.

That’s more than it should have been, so if you did that you’re owed up to £54 per power of attorney (which includes 0.5% interest).

To claim a refund, go to or call the Office of the Public Guardians on 0300 456 0300 and select option six.

You’ll need details (including bank details) of the person who it was set up for and the name of one of the attorneys. I’m swamped with people telling me how easy it is.